Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk 2014
I had such a good time last year on my first photo walk that I knew I would be joining one this year. I was starting to get a little nervous as I checked the website for a walk near me and kept coming up empty. I was almost ready to make the drive to Syracuse when I recognized the leader for a walk in Utica. Jerry Reed was a participant in last year’s walk and he was leading one this year. I signed up and started being nice to Mother Nature so she would provide us with a good day. Either I was especially persuasive or we got lucky… it was a beautiful day. It was cool but not cold and the morning clouds gave way to sun filtered by a light cloud cover.
We started our walk at the Tramontane Cafe on Lincoln Ave. I had never been at this cafe before and was immediately impressed. I am definitely going to check out some of their entertainment and will back back for another lunch. The tomato soup was great!
We started our walk around 11:30am heading up State St. toward Oneida Square. A tree lined street with plenty of interesting architecture to photograph. It had me wishing I had brought the wide-angle lens but I stuck with my choice and forced myself to be creative. At Oneida Square (now a circle) there is a wonderful statue dedicated to the soldiers and sailors from Utica that fought in the Civil War. From the statue we headed down Genesee St. past the art institute, the Utica Library and the Stanley Theater making our way to Court St. for the return trip to The Tram for lunch.
I really enjoyed this walk and explored parts of Utica I have driven by over the years been never really paid too much attention to. It has encouraged me to go exploring downtown a more often and on those days I’m waiting for my daughter to get out of class I now know what I can do.